The Most Popular Wordpress Plugins and Why You Should Be Using Them on Your Website

There are thousands of Wordpress plugins out there for you to choose from, all of which extend the base functionality of Wordpress in some way. In this post we will go through 8 of the most popular Wordpress plugins and why you should be using them!

The Most Popular WordPress Plugins and Why You Should Be Using Them on Your Website

There are thousands of WordPress plugins out there for you to choose from, all of which extend the base functionality of WordPress in some way.

In this post we will go through 8 of the most popular WordPress plugins and why you should be using them!

num_1Akismet

The best plugin for protecting your site against spam – you have to sign up for a licence key, but once it is up and running, you can be assured spam on your site will be a thing of the past!

Total downloads: 21.7 million

Contact Form 7

The best plugin for easily adding a contact form to your site – we use it on every one of our websites. It is also really easy to customise your forms.

Total downloads: 18.4 million

WordPress SEO by Yoast

The best solution for improving your search engine optimisation (SEO) – using this plugin makes it easier for you to be near the top of the search results on Google and Bing.

Total downloads: 11.4 million

Jetpack by WordPress.comnum_4

Adds loads of extra features to your website that were previously only available to WordPress.com users (blogs that end with .wordpress.com rather than self-hosted websites). Features such as a beautiful image gallery, simple site stats and email subscriptions are very useful. Explore the others and see what is useful for your site!

Total downloads: 11.1 million

Google Analytics for WordPressnum_5

Allows you to easily add your Google Analytics code to your website and track visitors numbers, time spent on site, number of clicks etc.

Total downloads: 5.9 million

WooCommercenum_6

If you want to add an online shop to your WordPress site then this is a great way of doing it (ensure you are using a WooCommerce compatible theme, or it can cause issues to styling).

Total downloads: 3.9 million

TinyMCE Advancednum_7

Adds a plethora of options to your page editor toolbar. Easily add tables and much more.

Total downloads: 3.7 million

Wordfence Securitynum_8

As we detailed in an earlier article, WordPress security is vitally important to any website. This plugin is the best for beefing up security to make it less likely hackers can infiltrate your site.

Total downloads: 2.3 million

 

FURTHER ADVICE

If you have a question you would like answered, you can submit a question on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gbsport – we look forward to hearing from you.

GBSport members can contact us on 01952 201657 for specific telephone and email advice and support on this and any other business matter. Or for more advice on web design you can email webdesign@gbsport.org.uk – we can help with plugin setup, themes, or you can take advantage of our bespoke web design service.

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